Prominent Democratic consultant, journalist, and Progress Texas PAC director Glenn W. Smith, who frequently appears on Rag Radio as a political analyst, joins Thorne Dreyer for a discussion of the current political craziness, especially the bizarre state of presidential politics. Also joining us for the first segment of the show is economics and transportation journalist, The Rag Blog’s Roger Baker, for a discussion ranging from Austin politics to world economics.
Among topics discussed with Glenn Smith are the spectacle of the first Republican debate; the unlikely rise of Donald Trump, his effect on the national conversation, and where his candidacy is likely to take us; the message of Bernie Sanders; Megyn Kelly, Roger Ailes, and Fox News; Hillary and the email scandal (and the historical role of “scandals” in coverage of the Clintons); the apparent demise of Rick Perry; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (“the most extreme right presidential candidate to be taken seriously in U.S. history”), and the indictment of Texas Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton.
Glenn Smith, a former political reporter for the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Post, now writes a weekly column for Quorum Report. Glenn managed Ann Richards' winning Texas gubernatorial campaign in 1990, has coordinated national campaigns for MoveOn.org, has worked for former Texas Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby and U.S. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, and served as a senior fellow at George Lakoff's Rockridge Institute in Berkeley.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Photographer: Roger Baker. Rag Radio (www.theragblog.com/rag-radio/) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP (www.koop.org/listen-now), and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Running time: 57:12.